Savor the Joy

Today my heart is heavy, as three of my closest friends are undergoing incredible trials and tribulations. One was recently diagnosed with cancer, the other two are dealing with tragic life events that occurred with their children within the last 48 hours. We realize how fragile life is. It causes us all to wonder when is our next heartbreak, disappointment, job loss, or just plain really bad day?

God anticipated this all. In fact, it is often in the times of trial that our faith is strengthened and we learn the most. In our family, we've always comforted one another by saying, "The lesson is on the other side." It also reminds us to look for the good in all of the seemingly bad.

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. Psalm 34:17-20

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. Psalm 57:1

In reading Brené Brown's work recently, she reminded us to savor the joy. In other words, rather than fret in fear of what may be around the corner. Savor the joy. Really, just savor it. Enjoy the times in life that are so blessed and happy. Relish in the good, as you can never, ever really anticipate the bad times. No matter how much we worry and think we can prepare for it, we never can. Instead, savor the joy, and deal with the struggles. That's when we are comforted that God is by our side in both the good and the bad.

So, savor some joy today, this week, and this month. Look for what is positive, good, and inspirational, rather than lose the joy in worrying about when the next bad thing might happen. Truly savor the joy.

Trust in the Lord.

Tammy Heflebower

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